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One month and twenty-five days ago…

And that’s all we’re saying on how long it’s been since I posted last.

In that time, I’ve accepted a full time job that has cut drastically into my writing time but was necessary against rising financial pressures, started interning for a literary agency, received a full request from an agent, and finished writing a sci-fi novella.

What have you all been up to??

It’s been busy and things don’t show signs of letting up. But I just wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know that I’m not gone, just quiet and actually building up a new website!

Gotta run 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,
Faith  quill-ink

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WWW Wednesday | The Twentieth

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Welcome to another week’s worth of bookish endeavours brought to you by the WWW Wednesday meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Care to join in sharing your weekly reads, all you have to do is answer these 3 questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s a look into my reading habits.

Note: All covers/blurbs are from Goodreads.


WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb

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BLURB:

Robin Hobb returns to the sea with Mad Ship, the second book in a projected trilogy set in the same world as her famed Farseer series. Many unresolved questions from Ship of Magic are answered in this tale of sea serpents and dragons; living ships made of wizardwood; the Bingtown Trader families who sail the ships; and their disfigured cousins, the Rain Wild Traders, who build them.

Just started this one last night. Barely, though, because I was gone most of the night. Still, a good start and I look forward to enjoying the whopping 850 page read ahead of me 😉

WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED READING

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

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In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this. I’ve heard great things about Ann Patchett in the past and I having read this book, I agree that her writing really pulls you into the story, creates a really mesmerizing setting. Marina Singh was an interesting character to follow and I was invested in her story. The last chapter, though, through me for a bit of a loop and while I think State of Wonder is an enchanting and, at times, tragic read, I closed the last page, feeling a little unsatisfied with the conclusion.

Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet #3): by Orson Scott Card

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I’m skipping the blurb on this one because I don’t want to spoil the original story for anyone.

I read Ender’s Game well over six years ago and it blew me away. The whole story was so brilliantly conceived and I remember being left with a feeling of awe in the days that followed my reading of it. So I bought Speaker for the Dead a few days later, and it has sat on my shelf ever since. Why? Even now, I’m not sure. Perhaps because I wasn’t sure what to expect after a stunning first book. But something inspired me this last week to give it a try.

People kept mentioning how it’s better than Ender’s Game, but I was wary to go into it with that thought. But you know what, they’re right. This is an epic novel filled with philosophical brilliance and moments of real epiphany. A special kind of read that I highly recommend.

WHAT I KNOW I’LL BE READING NEXT

Justice Hall (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #6): by Laurie R. King

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Only hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving one riddle on the moor, another knocks on their front door…literally.

It’s a mystery that begins during the Great War, when Gabriel Hughenfort died amidst scandalous rumors that have haunted the family ever since. But it’s not until Holmes and Russell arrive at Justice Hall, a home of unearthly perfection set in a garden modeled on Paradise, that they fully understand the irony echoed in the family motto, Justicia fortitudo mea est: “Righteousness is my strength.”

A trail of ominous clues leads Holmes and Russell from an English hamlet to fashionable Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. But as the moment of reckoning approaches, will justice be done…or have they been lured straight into an elusive killer’s perfectly baited trap?

My only leftover from last week. I should get to it before next Wednesday, though Mad Ship is a pretty big read…

Watchmen by Alan Moore:

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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.

This graphic novel has been on a shelf for a while, unfortunately gathering dust, but I’m finally ready to  discover the reason for its critical acclaim. The Sandman series and V for Vendetta were stunning — I highly recommend both. Seeing them listed above makes me very hopeful for a thrilling read!


That’s it for me for today.  But take note, I’m now on Instagram! If you want to discover more of my reading habits and writing inspiration, come follow me there 🙂

And please share your WWW Wednesday links in the comments or just let me know what your bookish delights have been / are / will be! Happy Reading friends 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L’Engle

And another greeting on this Tuesday!

I told you there would be another review ;P Depending on time, there might even be a third today….

No, I wouldn’t do that. I don’t want you to feel inundated. Three posts in one day seems like too much….

DISCLAIMER: Little to no spoilers.


Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

A childhood classic. I am ashamed to admit that this was my first read through. I am far more pleased to state that it was also a beautiful book that I lost myself in and I was sorely dejected when I had to leave it.

It was a dark and stormy night.

And so the story begins, with one of the most recognizable examples of purple prose. And yet there is no reason to chastize Ms. L’Engle for her decision to do it. Because  nothing else about the novel feels cliched or trite. Rather, this beginning sets the stage for a rather profound story that delves into the nature of social conformity.

Much like another famous Meg in children’s literature (that would be Meggie from Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart), L’Engle’s protagonist is a delightful narrator who steals the heart of her reader. From the start, we are introduced to a young girl full of self-doubt. She sees herself as plain and dumb. And yet she is also full of love for her family, especially her mother, her missing father and her most precocious brother, Charles Wallace. Meg is one of those heroines you feel drawn to because she is as insecure as you. She knows that other people are special, but she doesn’t see the quality in herself. And it is something that challenges her throughout the narrative, creating a compelling character arc that is meaningful and inspiring.

Meg’s life is turned around by the appearance of the three witches–er, umm, I mean the three ladies: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. New neighbours, they seek out the Murry siblings and their new friend, Calvin and whisk them off on an adventure, one whose ultimate goal is the salvation of the world. These secondary characters lend strength to the plot, the three ladies becoming archetypal guardian figures guiding the three children on a simultaneous journey towards self-discovery.

Inspired by Christian themes, L’Engle parallels good and evil with light and dark. Thematically, the novel excels at conveying larger messages concerning the real world and the darker side of life that we often try to conceal from youth but ultimately cannot be avoided. It is, in some ways, very reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and is largely its equal.

A whimsical and magical journey, A Wrinkle in Time is a classic novel for a reason with endearing characters, a captivating plot. Whether a child or an adult, it is something to be delighted in.

RATING:

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What children’s book did you only read later in life that inspired you or changed your life? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink